Biker bar guide
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With the Milwaukee Rally set for this weekend, just about every bar in town will be biker friendly.
Still, here's a list of bars that, during past events and "normal times," have been known as go-to spots for riders.
1114 N. Water St., (414) 847-1492
Bar Louie celebrates bikers every week with Thursday's bike night. Featuring Jack Daniels as the whiskey of choice, Bar Louie encourages bikers to stop in for happy hour specials and then stay for biker specials from 7 to 11 p.m.
Branded at the Iron Horse Hotel
500 W. Florida St., (414) 831-4615
This particular establishment doesn't exactly conjure up the stereotypical image of a "biker bar," but with motorcycles the overriding theme of the Iron Horse Hotel, riders from every background will enjoy the ambiace along with a cold brew.
2261 S. Howell Ave., (414) 294-LULU
Definitely not a typical biker bar, but Lulu has a biker night every Tuesday. Although not limited to Harleys, riders from all over the city come to this Bay View cafe / bar to watch races on TV and enjoy a delicious full dining and bar menu.
8222 W. Forest Home Ave., (414) 525-2773
It doesn't get better for bikers than Fat Boy's. All year round, they come to Fat Boy's for biker camaraderie, rock music and good fun. Sure to be filled with riders during the fest, Fat Boy's offers great drinks.
120 W. National Ave., (414) 347-0524
Located just across the street from Steny's, this Walker's Point bar blocks the street just outside for bike parking. A free shuttle runs patrons to the Harley museum all day long as they register for Fat Daddy's free Harley gas tank giveaway.
G Daddy's BBC
2022 E. North Ave., (414) 272-7263
Located in the bar-packed North Avenue area, BBC offers indoor / outdoor seating, pool, darts and dinner. Surrounded by Milwaukee bar favorites like Hooligans, Von Trier, Vitucci's and Yield, BBC packs in a good crowd any night of the week.
Mustang Shelly's Roadhouse
18540 W. National Ave., (262) 679-2221
This West Side biker bar is all about the blues. A well-known blues bar in the area, Mustang Shelly's is sure to offer up some great music during Harley Fest. With a tent for additional outdoor seating, Mustang Shelly's is the perfect place for a short drive through the city and a sizable lunch.
Magoo's Bar and Grill
8911 W. National Ave., (414) 329-1477
Magoo's is a sports bar: lots of TVs, plenty of seating and incredibly nice bartenders. It's especially known for its food and particularly the fish fry.
9000 W. National Ave., (414) 545-9626
Similar in style to Magoo's, Scooter's Tap is another bar and grill in the State Fair grounds area. Great food, beer on tap and friendly patrons is the ultimate rider combo.
800 S. 2nd St., (414) 672-7139
Steny's offers good food and cold drinks, including a "famous" Bloody Mary. Check out the 100 block of National Avenue, right outside Steny's, for a full-on block party during Harley Fest.
Up & Under Pub
1216 E. Brady St., (414) 276-2677
Although not solely a biker bar, the Up & Under is one of Milwaukee's hottest blues clubs and attracts the motorcycle crowd. With live music every night of the week and a eclectic crowd of bikers and live music junkies, this is a good place to kickstart a Brady Street bar-hop.
1100 block of North Water Street (between Wells and Pleasant Streets)
This isn't a specific bar, but these five blocks of Water Street are littered with bars and restaurants. It was hopping during the 100th, and will surely be a H-D hot spot this time around, too. Just a few blocks north of Wisconsin Avenue on Water Street, you don't have to ride far from the festival grounds to find a biker block party, day or night.
Most bars have outdoor seating, full bar food menus and plenty of drinks. Favorites include McGillicuddy's, Fitzgibbons and Brother's. Guaranteed to be lined with riders during Harley Fest, Water Street is a great stop for riders looking to get right in the middle of the action.
Wild Breed Saloon
11430 W. Swiss St., Franklin, (414) 425-4967
Said to be the friendliest biker bar in the area, Wild Breed Saloon is a classic-style bar and grill. Offering up drink specials, breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wild Breed Saloon caters to bikers from all over the country.
did the people who wrote this even own a motorcycle? you forgot dozens of the greats... beer bellys, wild breed, hogs breath, the wildlife refuge, finns, etc. we would never consider bbc a biker bar!
BBC is a biker bar? What, in the Brady Bunch universe?
Thanks for the shout, scout! We're open all weekend and beyond excited to see the thousands of bikes coming into Milwaukee! As the nation's only upscale hotel geared toward motorcyclists, make sure you put a stop by us in your weekend plans. We're next to the Harley-Davidson Museum at 500. W. Florida St.
Hey, what about The Iron Horse Hotel? Branded or the Yard sure seem like an obvious choice, I'm surprised ithey're not on the list.
Since when is Magoos known for its fish fry? It's always been the wings that brings 'em in. And Scooter's is nearly 2 miles from State Fair. Hardly "near the grounds."
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